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Frankie recommends... Indelicacy - Amina Cain

Frankie recommends... Indelicacy - Amina Cain

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Frankie recommends... A novel told in entirely formless, timeless, placeless way that still captures the peculiarity and gentility of what it means to be a woman, what it means to form friendships and what possibly can come from a lifelong devotion to the written word. An enchanting and beguiling book that I drank like a rich wine – it is astounding how much the novel withholds in detail but makes up for in deeply stirring feeling.  



An elegant, haunting debut from an exciting new voice that reads like a modern classic

In an undefined era and place, a cleaning woman at a museum of art aspires to do more than simply dust the paintings around her.  She dreams of having the liberty to explore them in writing, and so must find the way to win herself the security and time to use her mind. She escapes her lot by marrying a rich man, but having gained a husband, a house, high society and a maid, she finds that her new life of privilege is no less constrained. Not only has she taken up different forms of time-consuming labour — social and erotic — but she is now, however passively, forcing other women to clean up after her. Perhaps another and more drastic solution is necessary?

Indelicacy is an exquisite gem of a novel about class, desire, friendship, art, and the battle to find one’s true calling.

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